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(NBC News)   Latest possible Flight 370 debris satellite imagery surrendered by France   ( divider line
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6260 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Mar 2014 at 8:58 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2014-03-23 09:05:20 AM  
3 votes:
I'm le tired of this.
2014-03-23 09:58:44 AM  
2 votes:

gfid: This has probably been asked by someone in another thread, but couldn't they have an automated mayday in case the plane impacts something or even loses altitude very rapidly?

New aircraft certified after a certain date, lets say 2001 and beyond, have ELT that operate on 406 MHz.  They are water activated and programmable for certain country and aircraft serial number data.  Each of the emergency slides on the aircraft may also have a smaller ELT because they can double as life rafts, and you can have a personal ELT but airlines do not have them on their life vests.  When an ELT goes off it talks to a satellite network and the coast guard or local equivalent know about it.  It sucks when your ELT goes off by accident because they will still show up even if it locates you in a hangar.  If the aircraft was grandfathered in to a specific certification you can get a waiver on current certification requirements.  This is done so rule changes tomorrow will not impact aircraft built 40 years ago.  That being said the airline can always make it a requirement to have one, and the airlines insurance company can do that too.  If they hit the water and sank then the ELT will not have much opportunity to do anything.

ELTs can be disruptive too because the strongest signal wins.  The aircraft ELT can be broadcasting but if all your people are on the life raft and it floats away, the life raft ELT signal will be blocked by the stronger aircraft ELT, and the rescuers will be looking for the aircraft and not the life raft.  There are discussions on being able to remotely deactivate an ELT signal for this scenario but there are trade-offs to that approach.

/Engineer and I work on life rafts
2014-03-23 09:10:07 AM  
2 votes:
Just let it go, cause man, it's gone.
2014-03-23 09:55:24 AM  
1 vote:

thornhill: So now every piece of junk spotted in the ocean is potentially from flight 370?

Well, yeah
2014-03-23 09:41:53 AM  
1 vote:
My theory is that the pilot got distracted by his Bluetoothing Mobobobo and asphyxiated the plane during the Choking Game part.
2014-03-23 09:37:11 AM  
1 vote:

Deep Contact: I think superman would of found it before aquaman.
2014-03-23 09:35:52 AM  
1 vote:

Archie Goodwin: This plane is acutally a submarine and is cruising the world, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea style.

Close but lacking the Swisher Sweet.
2014-03-23 09:29:10 AM  
1 vote:
What happened is known by me. The French lack accuracy. I cannot use the ability of me to have interference in the affairs which are international but shake the head of me at these searchings.
2014-03-23 09:14:05 AM  
1 vote:
Every time they get close, they move the island.
2014-03-23 09:12:38 AM  
1 vote:
I think they thought this would all blow over and dragged their feet trying to save face. The whole thing has been a comedy of errors.
2014-03-23 09:06:15 AM  
1 vote:
This is gonna suck if it turns out they've just been tracking some packing plastic that fell off a container ship.
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